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Tanker fire: 60 Freeway may open by Sunday, official says

December 17, 2011 | 11:10 am

Paramount Boulevard bridge

Work crews and Caltrans engineers will attempt to reopen the 60 Freeway by Sunday, a state official said.

Crews are examining the eastbound lanes of the freeway under the Paramount Boulevard bridge, which has been demolished, to see if the roadway has been damaged, said Patrick Chandler, a Caltrans spokesman.

Meanwhile, engineers have decided to demolish the bridge over the westbound lanes, but that work can be done late at night with both sides of the freeway fully open during the day, Chandler said.  

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The demolition work will require the closure of the westbound lanes of the freeway in that area for Sunday through Tuesday between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., Chandler said. One lane of the eastbound side will be open during those hours, he said.

The freeway has been closed since Wednesday, when a tanker carrying 8,800 gallons of gasoline caught fire then was stopped under the Paramount Boulevard overpass. The ferocious flames took hours to extinguish.

No one was hurt in the fire, but the closure of the freeway has clogged highways and surface streets for miles around and made for nightmarish commutes.


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Photo: Work crews prepare for the demolition of the Paramount Boulevard bridge after Wednesday's fuel tanker fire. Credit: Irfan Khan